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How do you help an 8 month old so that she/he can overcome their newly formed fear of the bath tub?

My 8 month old loved the bath tub ever since we put her in the big tub, but about 2 months ago, she has developed a fear and screams bloody murder every time it is bath time. I have gotten her bath down to less than a minute. I tried to sit her up in the tub last night with a bunch of tub toys instead of laying her down and that didn't help at all, especially when she decided to flop forward face first into the water.

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ajrobbins

Asked by ajrobbins at 5:11 PM on Jun. 20, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You can't stop a child from being afraid by frightening her even more,
    (it's common for babies and toddlers to be scared that they might be swept down the drain with the water because their sense of scale isn't developed enough), but whenever a child develops a fear, it's crucial to accept it. It may not seem reasonable to you, You may not share her fear, but you're not the one who's feeling it. think about your own fears and ask yourself whether they're all "reasonable" and how you'd feel if you were forced to confront the things that scare you.
    it isn't helpful to tell her not to be afraid. Saying "The tub is perfectly safe, but I can see it frightens you, so let's just use the sink for the moment," shows your child that you're on her side.
    Most toddler fears pass as quickly as they arrive
    http://www.babycenter.com/404_my-toddler-used-to-love-baths-but-now-she-screams-when-i-try_12661.bc
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • You can't stop a child from being afraid by frightening her even more,
    (it's common for babies and toddlers to be scared that they might be swept down the drain with the water because their sense of scale isn't developed enough), but whenever a child develops a fear, it's crucial to accept it. It may not seem reasonable to you, You may not share her fear, but you're not the one who's feeling it. think about your own fears and ask yourself whether they're all "reasonable" and how you'd feel if you were forced to confront the things that scare you.
    it isn't helpful to tell her not to be afraid. Saying "The tub is perfectly safe, but I can see it frightens you, so let's just use the sink for the moment," shows your child that you're on her side.
    Most toddler fears pass as quickly as they arrive
    http://www.babycenter.com/404_my-toddler-used-to-love-baths-but-now-she-screams-when-i-try_12661.bc

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    calliemist

    Answer by calliemist at 5:34 PM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • Try bathing with her. Have her sit up (at that age they can develop a disliking for water in their ears). Sing songs and blow bubbles. Work your way to maybe just having your legs in the tub until she's used to being in there alone again.
    bltcahill

    Answer by bltcahill at 7:29 PM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • get in the tub with her! show her how to splash and make it fun!
    shetibo

    Answer by shetibo at 10:27 PM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • books show her ur having a bath videos
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 AM on Jun. 21, 2008

  • My 15 mo old is terrified of the big tub. He loves his baby tub still. I'd just occasionally try putting your LO into the big tub to see if the fear is gone...but until then (to keep everyone sane!) stick with the baby tub. If she outgrows her tub before her fear, there's always the kitchen sink! :)
    schmoo_mommy

    Answer by schmoo_mommy at 2:12 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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